Weekly Geekly: 02.19.2016

What are your favorite TV comedies right now? I love most of the shows that The Lazy Genius mentioned – some other new favorites worth mentioning: You, Me & The Apocalypse is smart funny. Superstore is way funnier than it should be, especially if you’ve ever worked retail. And I’m still in Sutton Foster heaven thanks to Younger on TV Land.

Kristen Bell finally opened her own instagram account and of course I’m following because I’d follow her anywhere. I’m kind of loving Instagram right now – some other accounts you should be following: Brian Kesinger, an artist for Disney and Marvel comics that will make you fangirl all over the place ; Satiregram who always says what we’re thinking – or photographing rather ; Subway Book Review and overheardla for the people watchers among us.

In a book rut? Bustle has 12 suggestions to break that rut wide open. Then: why not go on a library scavenger hunt? I loved this post at Book Riot that totally makes me want to go on a library crawl (like a pub crawl but with less hangovers and more bookmarks). Her post included a link to a website that tells you where you would be in the Dewey Decimal system based on either your name, birthday or favorite numbers. My fave numbers result was:

Jen’s Dewey Decimal Section:

470 Italic languages; Latin

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don’t mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

Top 10 Fictional Baes.

I’m already kind of hating myself for using the term bae but let’s pretend it was ironic, okay? I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly Top 10 Tuesday link up – this week is a Valentines Freebie. I thought I’d steal The Hardcovers and Heroines idea of compiling an oh so important list of my 10 favorite fictional boys – the ones you wish you dated in high school or constantly think “he’s just like my sig other!!!” I’m sure there could be other more deserving fellas if my memory were better, but I decided to go with the boys that time cannot erase – thus making them worthy of the status Top 10.

For instance…

526493(1) Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind who never ceases to tell it like it is, even when he’s toting the world’s most unpopular opinions. He knows how to kiss and how often a girl should be kissed and doesn’t care what people think about him.

107390(2) Landen from The Eyre Affair series by Jasper Fforde who is often only written into a few scenes and isn’t always himself and doesn’t always exist but always finds a way to get Thursday to center herself and breathe and be a decent human being but never asks her to be less than herself.

24384702(3) Prince Nicholas from The Royal We because who doesn’t want to have at least one prince on their list? And if you can only have one, you want Nick. He’ll watch that cheesy tv show with you that most people don’t admit to liking while eating junk food or go bar hopping with you when he can get away from the press. And you know, heir to the throne and stuff.

1889(4) Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice who is never not making me fall in love with him. I’ve never met a P&P interpretation I didn’t love and I’ve never met a Darcy who wasn’t basically everything. Ardently.

7005610(5) Henry Stone from The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz is often the only grown up in the room – and the main character, Izzie, usually benefits greatly from his maturity – and I think he benefits greatly from her craziness. They balance each other out – when they can keep it together long enough to be together. *spoilers*

6283231(6) Westley from The Princess Bride but what I really mean is Carey Elewes and if we’re going to be perfectly candid, I’ll often be thinking of his character in Robin Hood Men in Tights which is similar but better. But the gist of the appeal is the same for both characters. Clever wit, sarcasm and confidence that isn’t arrogant.

3709710(7) Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables because obviously. What girl in their right mind doesn’t have Gilbert on their list? We all swoon together over the pig tail pulling and the constant devotion no matter how many years she gave him a hard time. Gilbert is the original Boy Next Door.

16068905(8) Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I love that he somewhat defied the stereotypes of his character type in a way that made him feel real instead of imaginary – and the way that he supported and rooted for Cath and didn’t shy away from her anxieties – #allthefeels comes to mind.

7167595(9) Morelli and / or Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series because much like Stephanie, I can’t decide which one I’d prefer. Some books I’m all about the Jersey Cop who has a bad boy past but you could actually see yourself settling down with and cooking a big pile of spaghetti for. Other books I’m taken with the idea of her living a super spy existence with the suave mystery man who has his stuff together with or without you.

41VgvI2digL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_(10) Carswell Thorne, a character in The Lunar Chronicles (I’m reading Winter right now) by Marissa Meyer is probably not the guy that I’m supposed to adore from this series. Prince Kai would be an obvious choice – the handsome leader from New Bejing who always seems to make the right call and likes Cinder even though she’s a cyborg mechanic. And I could see some people being into Wolf, the superhuman soldier with a bad temper and serious loyalty to his girl. But Carswell, who usually does the wrong thing for the right reason or vice versa – who Cress loves ardently even when he doesn’t seem to deserve it. Who becomes a better man when he finally has a person he wants to be better for – a person who sees the best in him. Seriously – he’s not the guy you are supposed to love – but…

Who would be on your list?

Idol Thoughts: Hollywood Week & The Top 24

The Top 24 Contestants of the Farewell Season of American Idol have officially been named and for the most part, I was in total agreement with their decisions (although honestly at this point we’ve only been exposed to what they want us to be exposed to – you know?). There are some contestants that still seem a little too green to me for this competition, but overall I’m excited by the amount of talent in the Top 24.

Here are the four people that have me the most excited right now. By no means a complete list – but these ones stood out from the pack for me:

Dalton Rapattoni had me at hello. I loved his first audition and I thought he held his own in Hollywood Week. He does occasionally border on the young and moody side but I love his voice and his artistry.

Mackenzie Bourg gives me John Mayer vibes in a very good way. They have a similar stage presence and attitude and I just kind of puffy hearts adore his voice right now. I hope America loves him as much as I do so far.

La’porsha Renae has a lot going for her. She has a big ole voice, memorable appearance and possibly the cutest child ever (and a survival story that America will love). But more than that she has a presence. She commands the stage in a way that isn’t cocky or showy – she’s just on another level. I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes from here.

Oliva Rox has a fun name, a great voice and pink streaks in her hair that make me want to visit a hair salon asap. I think she has a great vibe – and I’ve loved her since her audition. You know I love the people who can croon at the piano.

Are you watching this final season? Who are your favorites?

What I’m Into: January 2016


I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately – the geeky news that has me squealing like a twelve year old girl, the shows I’m binging like it’s my job and the books keeping me up at night.

What I’m Watching

It’s the farewell season of American Idol and I’m feeling all kinds of sentimental about this. But also judgy. Judgy McJudgy Pants. I’m feeling way harsher than the judges on the whole but I’ll confess that Mackenzie Bourg’s audition gave me goosies so to speak.

I know it’s early but I’m kind of ready to give him the crown right now. Anyone else?

We’re also just digging into Season Four of Game of Thrones and our obsession is getting to Possibly Unhealthy Levels. Like googling and searching on everything to figure out how we can watch all the episodes immediately without waiting for the next disc to come in the mail and without paying for it with our souls. We’re now signed up for a three month free trial of HBO through our cable provider (AT&T UVerse – what uppppp?) and are catching up on HBO Go. For other people still catching up, for some reason HBO Go seems to work way better on our PS3 than our XBox One. I have no idea why.

I also just started binge watching Younger on TV Land which stars Hillary Duff and Sutton Foster so basically it’s magical. It’s about a recently divorced mom in her 40’s trying to get back into the work force (and dating force) and somehow decides it would be a super idea to lie and pretend she is 26 so that people will hire her (and stuff). And hilarity ensues. Hillary Duff is actually in her 20’s and kind of on the other corner trying to be taken seriously in her career in spite of her age and the two bond and it’s adorable. Being a 30 something I feel like I can so completely relate to both ends of the spectrum so it’s awesome.

What I’m Reading

18222740I just finished reading Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia with my book club which met last night (I got home at like midnight so I’m still a little deliriously tired #worthit). It took me awhile to warm up this one, largely because I had to get used to each narrator and accept the fact that the author doesn’t always tell the truth right away sometimes even in the same sentence it seemed she would write in one direction and then be like jk that didn’t happen. But eventually the characters began to find little corners of my heart to nestle themselves in and the mystery itself became enticing enough that I found myself wanting to follow it through to the other side and I was pleasantly surprised when I found that NONE of my suspicions were correct and the author had managed to write a mystery that I could not predict the outcome to.

24384702Right now I’m reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks which is living up to it’s hype of being surprisingly well written and fleshed out despite it’s super dorky premise of being, seriously, pretty much Kate Middleton fanfiction if you will. It’s a massive book and a little bit of an undertaking but also quite bingeable so I’m making steady progress when I have time to sit down with it. I’m about 60% of the way through.

I’ve also been perusing The Martian by Andy Weir which my husband and I watched the film version of last weekend and LOVED ; and I have serious plans to stop being a giant baby and finally crack into Winter by Marissa Meyer already even though the twelve year old in me is pouting about now wanting the story to end yet.

What I’m Loving

I started bullet journaling again and I’m kind of obsessed this time. The Lazy Genius did a whole super thorough post about bullet journals and how amazing they can be and after following her advice, I’m so into it.

This song:

Also this song because of the AT&T commercial:

Also loving my new Nespresso Inissa coffee maker. I got the one that comes with the Aerocinno milk foamer / warmer thingie which means my coffee at home is super fancy now.

Also: red toe nails, lazy mornings, snow flakes on branches, lunch dates with my husband, The Cheesecake Factory and girls night out

What have you been into lately?


WAYRW: The Royal We

What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:

  1. What’s the name of your current read?
  2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)
  3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

24384702Right now I’m reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan which is kind of like a fanfictionish imagining of Kate Middleton and Prince William. That sounds ridiculously cheesy but like every woman who has come before me admitting to having read this, I have to admit, it’s awfully well written and the characters, especially Bex, are wonderful and easy to cheer for. It’s split into several parts, comprising about ten years of their relationship – from meeting to wedding – and I’ve just finished the first part which is just shy of the 34% mark (because the story is nearly 500 pages long)  so I’m giving myself some spoilers, but here goes…

“…Do you know what it’s like to never, ever be asked what you want to be when you grow up? Or being told not to bother about it because it doesn’t matter?”

“No,” I said softly, wanting to hug him and hating that I couldn’t.

This quote from Prince Nicholas struck a chord with me, being a parent, it’s crazy to think about the fact that his life’s ambitions were decided at birth basically. I know this isn’t an earth shattering revalation, but the way he describes it puts things into perspective perfectly. A couple of pages later, Bex and Nicholas are found out by a reporter (they’d been keeping their relationship a secret for years) and Bex and her friends begin a plan of attack for how she’ll handle the spotlight’s eye. Too good not to share at least one anecdote from that as well:

“They’ll start going through your rubbish, Bex, so take it out in the wee hours and change up the bins you use,” Bea went on. “And for God’s sake, shred anything interesting and divide the pieces into separate bags: credit card bills, prescriptions, receipts. If Nick is in the habit of writing you love letters, burn them. Or bury them, I suppose.”

I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in this story, or a friend of Nicholas and Bex who is rooting them on and helping them succeed, but as much as the idea of falling for a prince has a certain romantic charm – just reading about their relationship is exhausting enough. From having to contemplate even pursuing it, to keeping it secret, to dealing with constantly being in the public’s eye. I’ll pass on that one. Nevermind the end game where you find yourself running a country. I don’t think I’m qualified.

What are you reading right now?

Top 10 Tuesday: New Books on my TBR List


This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’ve been trying to keep my amazon book wish list relatively pruned down to the books I *really* want, carefully curating my list, including descriptions and reasons for everything and weeding books out as I lose interest in them. But then I read blog posts with book recommendations and start salivating and going #allthebooks  and find my list exploding with unfettered potential again. I’m currently at a not quite pruned state so a lot of the books mentioned here were added very recently and have not been terribly well vetted and investigated. This is by no means, “The books I’m going to read next!!!!” These are the books that most recently waggled their eyebrows at me all suggestively and managed to find their way onto my list of books I’m hoping the magical book fairies will leave me. /Explanation.

Here are the Top 10 Books which were recently added to my wishlist:

51fwofyhf4L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Jennifer E. Smith is kind of having a moment in the blogisphere right now. We’re all swooning over her love stories and if we’re going to be honest, her cover art. Her books just look like you want to read them immediately and tell all your friends. Or maybe never tell your friends. I have a few of her books on my list, but This is What Happy Looks Like just recently found it’s way there after reading a review with a more thorough description that had me all, “Wait, it’s about what??? How am I not reading this yet????”

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

61BMpmDw23L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I think I’ve probably heard about The Man In High Castle by Phillip K. Dick a few times now – it’s a tv show on Amazon as well as a book and I’m told I need to experience both and can’t decide which I want to experience first. I mentioned it casually to my husband the other day and he’s heard of it as well and is intrigued. Imagine if America lost World War II and now Nazi Germany and Japan basically own us. This is what that would look like.

51mTOJy+P2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_You guys know that when Marissa Meyer writes a book, I’m going to be there with bells on. I just heard about her newest project, Heartless, which is about The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland before she became the Queen of Hearts and yeah, I’m all over that business. It won’t be released until November 2016 though so I’m going to have a long wait. Which means I’ll have to make due by finally reading Winter as soon as I can allow myself to walk that closely to the end of the Lunar Chronicles. I’m having weird reluctance there for some reason. I don’t want it to end, guys!

51Ck+KNuRTL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_I think Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy might have mentioned this next one, because she’s usually Suspect # Probably when it comes to me and my book wish list exploding. The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson (of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand fame) sounds like the next historical fiction book to make my book club swoon.

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

41MDPRGpAML._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a bookish woman in possession of good taste must be in want of a Jane Austen inspired novel to read. I’m certainly no exception. Curtis Sittenfeld is releasing a novel called Eligible in April 2016 that is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I know there are no shortages of modern retellings of Jane Austen novels, especially Pride and Prejudice, but I don’t care. I’ll be there with bells on.

41SWP08EYTL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_Fingersmith by Sarah Waters was highly praised by a book blogger recently, sorry I can’t remember which one. What I do remember is that her gushing about this book was strong enough that I added it to my wish list immediately. It doesn’t hurt that the cover is beautiful. It definitely sounds super Dickensian, specifically, Oliver Twistian but that isn’t a bad thing.

Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a “baby farmer,” who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby’s household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves—fingersmiths—for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home.

One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives—Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud’s vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be disposed of—passed off as mad, and made to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum.

With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways…But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and reversals.

51GjUbF6dPL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I’m pretty sure I’ve seen The Truth According To Us by Annie Barrows pop up on book blogs for ages, but then I heard it being compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and I was all like, “I’ll take two.” It’s got a similar root story of a female writer finds herself smack dab in the middle of a very small town and thinks she’ll be bored but finds herself loving it and learning more than she imagined.

51cU1DvID8L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_I think The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett is a book I heard about on a late night talk show and was googling and adding it to my wish list while the author was talking. I do that sometimes.

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

51V0W1ODnkL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_So, Anyway… by John Cleese is definitely a book that found it’s way to my wishlist while watching him on a late late show. When I saw him on Stephen Colbert’s show and they had the Dictator Hat-off, I pretty much fell madly in love and would have bought anything he was selling. Large furry hats have that effect on me apparently.

Then he talked about his book and I was like, ” I should read that.” I’m guessing my husband would read it, too, as he’s already legitimately a John Cleese fan – I’m late to the party, but ready to catch up.

51Kn2ohB8FL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Lastly, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman is a science fiction kind of apocalyptic book that sounds like it has enough humor and levity to keep me from being a flight risk.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

What books are on your TBR list right now?